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and for the communities of america. host: ben bernanke cautioned senators not to curtail the fed's banking oversight, referring to short-term political liability for this. guest: i think he is absolutely correct. people tend, under these kinds of conditions, to want to blame someone. the problem with that is there are plenty of people to blame. we deregulated the industry. congress deregulated the industry. there was a culture, if you will, of deregulation, and this encouraged some speculative activities that led to the bubbles and then the collapse. yes, you have this reaction. i think it is an overreaction. i think the outcome would be -- as you try to blame someone, you get worse outcomes instead of better outcomes. i think that is what the chairman was communicating. it is certainly my message. host: senate banking committee -- are the right to be angry at the fed at all? guest: if they are going to be angry, they have to be angry at everyone, including themselves. they asked to eliminate glass-segall, which allowed these agencies to get better. the regulation backed off, if you will. in that ki
's news, chairman of the federal reserve, ben bernanke, says there is a risk for high interest rates and high inflation. borrowing from china and buying huge amounts of oil from opec and we have to realize we have a mess in our hands but there is a solution. we can create jobs and grow our economy without raising taxes. it's a bipartisan american conservation and clean energy independence act, h.r. 2227. this bill uses the trillions of dollars from oil and gas exploration off or coasts, drive conservation and new technologies to improve energy efficiency, develop clean energy generation and infrastructure, rebuild america's independent transportation system and clean our air and water. and not only will we create a clean energy future but create good-paying jobs for years to come. the news tells us how they are but that's not how it has to be. join me in supporting the clean energy and conservation act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> to address the house for one minute and to revis
might not remember this because we probably didn't keep track of everything that paulson and bernanke and george bush did, but lehman falls on september 15. then what we have on september 23, the chairman of the federal reserve and the secretary of treasury come into congress and they testify that they need $700 billion. they have a 2 1/2-page bill. they don't know what they're going to do with the money. but if you don't give it to them, it's world is going to end. that makes you uncomfortable if you're deciding what to do with your investment. not only that, but the next day, the president of the united states comes on national television and says the following, speaking to the american people to get them calmed down a little bit. he said financial assets related to home mortgages have lost value during the housing decline and the banks holding these assets have restricted credit. as a result, our entire economy is in danger. so i propose that the federal government reduce the risk posed by these trouble assets and supply urgently needed money so banks and other financial institutio
is unsustainable. the federal reserve chairman, mr. bernanke said we cannot allow ourselves to be in a situation where the debt continues to rise which leads to an unsustainable situation. the former treasury secretary said it is clearly unsustainable the former head of the gao, general walker said we are on imprudent and unsustainable long-term fiscal path. the former chairman of the federal reserve, mr. greenspan said the federal budget is on an unsustainable path. do you noticed the similarity, unsustainable, unsustainable, unsustainable? i know there is a sense of denial among our colleagues about the seriousness of this threat. i see it every day. i have just come from açó meetig in which i see it. this is tough. but it has to be dealt with. if we let this get away from us, we will rue the day. we will rue-the-day. we will regret for ever the consequences to the country. we have to face up to this. whether it is through the commission that the president proposed or some other method, we have got to deal with the consequences of a failure to act. we have to act, the sooner the better. the
paulson, chairman bernanke along with me. our judgment was those problems would have been dramatically amplified if aig had failed and they would spread to parts of the system that would have otherwise been unaffected, including basic confidence in the insurance industry. >> or is it to the derivative business? securities lending and insurance companies? the commercial paper? the aircraft leasing business? or something else? >> it is hard to separate. what is systemic risk is a difficult thing to judge. >> we are all finding that out. >> that is the reality of it. i think the simplest way to say it is look at what happened after lehman brothers and the broader collapse of many of the large institutions. the value of american savings fell 40%. hundreds of thousands of businesses forced to close. mary and the people lost their work. basic confidence in the system was broken. derivativto have vote largest ie company in the world that had written savings contracts hundreds of thousands of american households, and under a state and local governments, to have that institution fail in that en
to the audience at c-span2, douglas bernanke -- douglas brinkley. thank you for joining us this morning. guest: good morning. thanks for having me. host: if president stay were a holiday celebrating just one president, it there or one president to honor, who would it be for you and why? guest: i think the original, george washington. remember presidents day began as washington's birthday in 1880 and subsequently evolved, 1971 was started getting this concept of presidents day morphing of washington and lincoln's birthday and then the idea of just celebrating the institute of the president and having school children learn each president and what they look like and memorize the names. but washington is, in my view, the person we need to be celebrating on presidents' day. he did something very extraordinary as our first president, he stepped down. he showed you could relinquish power. that we were not going to become a market. he could have stayed in for life terms because he was that popular but i think it was the beginning of the tradition -- of the presence in beginning with washington. and ou
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